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Low-Budget 'Lazarus' D.O.A. at Domestic Box Office; 'Sniper' to Become Top 2014 Release

1 March 2015 4:10 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'The Lazarus Effect' box office: Olivia Wilde and Mark Duplass horror movie arrives comatose (photo: Olivia Wilde in 'The Lazarus Effect') (See previous post: "'Focus': Will Smith Has One of Worst Opening Weekends of His Career.") Despite recent news that human head transplants are a mere two years away, the Mark Duplass-Olivia Wilde horror movie The Lazarus Effect – about bringing the dead back to life (as if world overpopulation weren't already a problem) – grossed $10.6 million from 2,666 U.S. and Canada venues on opening weekend, Feb. 27-March 1, 2015, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. The Relativity Studios-distributed low-budget horror flick had earned an estimated $3.8 million on opening-day Friday, including $350,000 from Thursday night screenings. Last week, box-office prognosticators had been expecting an opening between $12-$14 million. That was adjusted downward to $10 million or whereabouts after the film's disappointing Friday debut. Some, in fact, »

- Zac Gille

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New Awards Season Rules: Would more nominees help solve the Oscars' diversity problem?

26 February 2015 6:25 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Excuse us if we go out on a limb here, but something tells us the collective brain trust at The Academy is glad this awards season has mercifully come to an end. After an incredibly diverse 86th Academy Awards ceremony, where "12 Years a Slave" took Best Picture, a Mexican filmmaker won Best Director, Lupita Nyong'o earned a Best Supporting Actress Oscar and John Ridley won Best Adapted Screenplay, the Oscars appeared to take a step back in 2015. It wasn't just that "Selma" was snubbed in a number of major categories. The #OscarsSoWhite hashtag became a historical footnote that will haunt the Academy for years (and, trust, it will be back again if the public wills it). But it had more to do with all white nominees in the acting categories than just "Selma" itself. This also brought to light that it was yet another year without a female nominee in the Best Director category, »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Jon Stewart Mocks Fox News Outrage Over 'American Sniper' Oscar Snub (Video)

25 February 2015 10:05 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Don't tell Jon Stewart Birdman beat out American Sniper because of politics. On Wednesday's The Daily Show, Stewart mocked Fox News pundits who argued Clint Eastwood's American Sniper was snubbed at the Oscars because of the director's conservative viewpoint. An increasingly animated Stewart noted Eastwood had already won best picture and best director (Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby) and that "the left-wing loons in Hollywood made the f---ing movie, and nominated it for best picture." See more Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films "They didn't even give the best picture to the best picture," Stewart said as he indicated a poster for Boyhood. "For God's sake, if

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- Aaron Couch

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Where do the new Oscar winners stack up with previous winners?

25 February 2015 11:20 AM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Today, in an effort to combine the past and the present, I wanted to take a look at how the winners in the big eight categories of this most recent Academy Awards ceremony compare to the all time best. To try and figure this out, I’m actually going with the lists of the top 25 in each category that I put out last year. It’s an interesting exercise, since it’s impossible to know which will and which won’t stand the test of time, but there’s a few educated guesses that can be made. For my money, a few of the performances will certainly be remembered for years to come. I don’t think it’s impossible for you to have forgotten already, but here are the big eight winners: Best Picture went to Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance, Best Director went to Alejandro González Iñárritu »

- Joey Magidson

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Did the 2005 Oscars get it right?

18 February 2015 9:35 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

With the 2015 Oscars coming up this weekend, we go back ten years to see if the 2005 awards still hold up today...

It was during an interview with Mark Kermode that I asked him how long someone really needs to gestate on a film, and come up with a proper review. "About ten years", he said. I get his point. Each awards season, it's about, at best, what feels like the best film right then. Not the one that settles over a period of time, or shows you new things each time you watch it. But the one that you watched once, and affected you once. It's the only way, anyway, I can think of why A Beautiful Mind won a Best Picture Oscar.

This weekend, then, is the Academy Awards once more. And I thought it'd be worth rewinding ten years, to see whether the Academy's choices on February 27th »

- simonbrew

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2015 Oscar Winner Predictions

18 February 2015 8:52 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Take a sigh of relief, the Oscars are finally upon us. How many months will we squeeze out of 2015 before pundits start incessantly chattering about Awards Season again?

With any luck, 2016 will not be as contentious and as close of a race for Best Picture as it was this year. It has created a lot of excitement and confidence that the winner will be a strong one, but it has also created a lot of controversy and bile and disappointment.

My predictions for 2015 reflect the consensus of what will happen, not what should. But then with this year, anything can happen.

Best Picture

American Sniper Birdman Boyhood The Imitation Game The Grand Budapest Hotel Selma The Theory of Everything Whiplash

After almost near sweeps of critic prizes and the dominant film on Best of the Year lists by a wide margin, Boyhood may very well lose the Oscar for Best Picture on Sunday night. »

- Brian Welk

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7 stars who won Oscars for the wrong movie: Kate Winslet, Martin Scorsese

18 February 2015 1:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

In case you haven't heard, there are a lot of reasons to get angry at the Oscars. In general, awarding a statuette to someone who actually deserves it isn't one of them.

But sometimes, a deserving nominee gets passed over so many times that they finally end up winning an award for something that's not their best work, in what amounts to a kind of unofficial lifetime achievement award.

Digital Spy looks back at seven times the Academy gave out the right award for the wrong movie.

Martin Scorsese (The Departed)

For decades, Scorsese was the most glaring example of an undisputed great who was somehow yet to win an Oscar. Despite being nominated a total of six times, beginning with Raging Bull in 1981, Scorsese was the perpetual bridesmaid and never the bride (a dubious honour he's since passed on to regular collaborator Leonardo DiCaprio).

The seventh time turned out »

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Next "Pirates of the Caribbean" Begins Filming

17 February 2015 9:21 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The fifth film in Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean" series has begun filming. Here's the press release the company issued today to celebrate the news which also includes a detailed new synopsis. Here's the press release in full:

Queens Land, Australia (February 18, 2015) – Production has commenced on location in Australia on Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films' epic comedy adventure "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales," directed by Espen Sandberg & Joachim Rønning ("Kon-Tiki"), the fifth entry in the blockbuster franchise inspired by the classic Disney Theme Parks attraction, which has reaped $3.7 billion in worldwide box office.

"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" will film entirely at Village Roadshow Studios and on locations within Queensland, Australia.

Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying »

- Garth Franklin

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Johnny Depp Returning As Captain Jack Sparrow As Filming Begins On Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales in Australia

17 February 2015 4:26 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Production has commenced on location in Australia on Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ epic comedy adventure Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, directed by Espen Sandberg & Joachim Rønning (“Kon-Tiki”), the fifth entry in the blockbuster franchise inspired by the classic Disney Theme Parks attraction, which has reaped $3.7 billion in worldwide box office.

Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will film entirely at Village Roadshow Studios and on locations within Queensland, Australia.

Johnny Depp returns to his iconic, Academy Award-nominated role of Captain Jack Sparrow, one of the most beloved characters in motion picture history, newly joined by Oscar winner Javier Bardem (“No Country for Old Men,” “Skyfall”), rising young stars Kaya Scodelario (“The Maze Runner,” British television’s “Skins”) and Brenton Thwaites (“Maleficent,” “The Giver”) and Golshifteh Farahani (“The Patience Stone,” “Exodus: Gods and Kings”).

Rejoining the action are Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush as Barbossa, »

- Michelle McCue

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'Pirates of the Caribbean 5' Begins Shooting in Australia

17 February 2015 3:43 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Production has commenced on location in Australia on Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films' epic comedy adventure Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, directed by Espen Sandberg & Joachim R&#248nning (Kon-Tiki), the fifth entry in the blockbuster franchise inspired by the classic Disney Theme Parks attraction, which has reaped $3.7 billion in worldwide box office. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will film entirely at Village Roadshow Studios and on locations within Queensland, Australia.

Johnny Depp returns to his iconic, Academy Award-nominated role of Captain Jack Sparrow, one of the most beloved characters in motion picture history, newly joined by Oscar winner Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men, Skyfall), rising young stars Kaya Scodelario (The Maze Runner, British television's Skins) and Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent, The Giver) and Golshifteh Farahani (The Patience Stone, Exodus: Gods and Kings). Rejoining the action are Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush as Barbossa, »

- MovieWeb

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When Oscars turn sour: 10 disastrous post-Academy Awards roles

17 February 2015 1:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Think that winning an Academy Award provides an actor with a surefire path to unlimited great roles? Think again. Oscars history is filled with stars who've taken home a gold statue only to see all their hard work undone in seconds with a stinker of a follow-up movie.

Digital Spy takes a look at 10 of these instances below...

Halle Berry - Catwoman (2004)

A piercing performance in Monster's Ball won Halle Berry an Oscar in 2002, but a rocky road lied ahead. She followed it up with disastrous Bond movie Die Another Day, hardly any screen time in X-Men 2 and turgid horror Gothika. Oh, and Catwoman... how could we forget Catwoman (believe us, we've tried)?

Jeff Bridges - Tron Legacy (2011)

Jeff Bridges's Oscar victory for Crazy Heart felt more like an acknowledgement for a body of work than that particular role (Crazy Heart is not his best). Thank goodness, then, that »

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DGA Prize Boosts ‘Birdman’ in Oscar Race (Analysis)

8 February 2015 1:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Saturday’s DGA win for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and “Birdman” is a good omen for him in the director category: The guild win has predicted Oscar in 60 of the past 67 years.

As for best picture? It’s good news for Fox Searchlight — but it’s also good for the other best-pic contenders, because it’s a reminder of all the plot twists and surprises this year; that trend is likely to continue through the opening of the final envelope on Feb. 22. So “Birdman” gained ground, but the race isn’t over, and supporters of the other films are likely to go into overdrive in the next 10 days.

Richard Linklater and “Boyhood” had seemed the front-runner based on early critics prizes, sweeping up nearly every award in sight. But then “Birdman” scored a one-two punch with wins at the Producers Guild and SAG Awards. On Saturday, some were conjuring up memories of “The King’s Speech, »

- Tim Gray

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Giveaway – Win A Copy of Nightcrawler

6 February 2015 8:30 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

From the screenwriter of The Bourne Legacy and the producer of Michael Clayton, Nightcrawler is a gut-wrenching, first-person account of life on the streets of Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal (End of Watch,Zodiac) stars as Lou Bloom, a freelance cameraman addicted to the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism.

Nightcrawler is available on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack including Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD with UltraViolet™ on February 10, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.  The film is available on Digital HD now.

Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou (Gyllenhaal) muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling – where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents. Aided by Rene Russo (Thor, Yours Mine & Ours) as Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou blurs the line between observer and participant to »

- Movie Geeks

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Best Picture Winners Based On or Inspired By Real People and Events

27 January 2015 7:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

The Imitation Game features Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, a mathematician and computer science pioneer who, along with his fellow code-breakers, broke the Nazi Enigma code to help end World War II. Though Turing was hailed as a hero, he was eventually arrested and prosecuted for homosexuality, along with 49,000 other British men and women. Turing chose to be chemically castrated rather than face imprisonment, so he could continue his work, and it is believed that he committed suicide a few years later. Queen Elizabeth II posthumously pardoned Turing in 2013.

On Jan. 21, Stephen Fry led a discussion about the The Imitation Game following a screening of the film for BAFTA voters, discussed Queen Elizabeth’s pardon and suggested that the 49,000 persecuted men and women should be as well. Chad Griffin, the president of Human Rights Campaign, which is honoring The Imitation Game at its Human Rights Gala on Jan. »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief: 5 Things to Know

26 January 2015 2:25 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

One of the most buzzed-about films at the Sundance Film Festival doesn't even star an A-list celebrity. Even before premiering to a sold-out crowd Sunday afternoon, the documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief was already the talk of the festival. Here are five things you should know about the controversial film: 1. It's Based on a Book by Pulitzer Prize Winner Lawrence Wright.Wright – who is also known for his other exposés including the award-winning The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 - interviewed roughly 200 current and former Scientologists for his 2013 book, which has the same title »

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5 Things You Should Know About The Controversial New Scientology Documentary

26 January 2015 2:25 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

One of the most buzzed-about films at the Sundance Film Festival doesn't even star an A-list celebrity. Even before premiering to a sold-out crowd Sunday afternoon, the documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief was already the talk of the festival. Here are five things you should know about the controversial film: 1. It's Based on a Book by Pulitzer Prize Winner Lawrence Wright.Wright – who is also known for his other exposés including the award-winning The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 - interviewed roughly 200 current and former Scientologists for his 2013 book, which has the same title »

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What ‘Birdman’s’ Big Awards Weekend Means for a Wild Oscar Race

25 January 2015 8:42 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Back-to-back wins for Alejandro Inarritu’s daring comedy at SAG and Producers Guild Awards help throw awards season into disarray

This was supposed to be the weekend that would clear things up in the Oscar race. Instead, it was a weekend that threw the race into disarray, sending one contender soaring and another faltering.

What happened?

Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood,” which was considered the leader of the race mostly by default even though it didn’t look anything like a typical Best Picture winner, had a chance to seal the deal but turned out to be a shaky frontrunner instead. »

- Steve Pond

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Analysis: SAG Awards Seal Frontrunner Status for Several Film Nominees

25 January 2015 7:21 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

It was a great weekend for Fox Searchlight’s “Birdman,” which won the best ensemble award at the SAG Awards mere hours after winning the top prize at the PGA Awards.

The SAG Awards are considered the best indicator of who will win Oscar gold; actors make up the largest part of the Academy voting body. Last year, all four actors who won SAG Awards went on to receive Oscars.

While best ensemble does not correlate strongly to best picture (in recent years, “12 Years a Slave,” “The Artist,” “Million Dollar Baby,” “The Departed” and “The Hurt Locker” all failed to win SAG ensemble), it can indicate strong support for a movie. In the past, films like “The King’s Speech” and “Argo” bested starrier casts to win the ensemble prize, which solidified their frontrunner status. With wins from PGA and SAG, “Birdman” appears to have leapt over “Boyhood” to take »

- Jenelle Riley

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Analysis: SAG Awards Seal Frontrunner Status for Several Film Nominees

25 January 2015 7:21 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It was a great weekend for Fox Searchlight’s “Birdman,” which won the best ensemble award at the SAG Awards mere hours after winning the top prize at the PGA Awards.

The SAG Awards are considered the best indicator of who will win Oscar gold; actors make up the largest part of the Academy voting body. Last year, all four actors who won SAG Awards went on to receive Oscars.

While best ensemble does not correlate strongly to best picture (in recent years, “12 Years a Slave,” “The Artist,” “Million Dollar Baby,” “The Departed” and “The Hurt Locker” all failed to win SAG ensemble), it can indicate strong support for a movie. In the past, films like “The King’s Speech” and “Argo” bested starrier casts to win the ensemble prize, which solidified their frontrunner status. With wins from PGA and SAG, “Birdman” appears to have leapt over “Boyhood” to take »

- Jenelle Riley

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SAG Awards 2015: Film Predictions

23 January 2015 12:35 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It’s a busy weekend for awards-watchers, with the Producers Guild Awards on Saturday, followed by the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday. Both guild kudos are considered heavy indicators of who will take home the top prizes at the Academy Awards; last year, all four actors who won SAG film awards went on to land Oscars. Perhaps it’s because the SAG Awards voting body is made up of 111,228 eligible SAG-aftra members, and actors represent the largest percentage of Oscar voters.

So here are my fearless predictions for this year’s SAG Award winners.

Actor in a Supporting Role

The Nominees: Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”; Robert Duvall, “The Judge”; Edward Norton, “Birdman”; Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”; J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash

A remarkable group of actors, but this race really comes down to 20-year-overnight-success J.K. Simmons and Greatest Actor of His Generation™ Edward Norton. Both are brilliant as arrogant, blustery performers but Simmons »

- Jenelle Riley

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